Kenneth Lam

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Kenneth Lam

Adjunct Fellow
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Kenneth Lam is currently a first year medical student at the University of Western Ontario, but is armed to the teeth with disjointed experiences. He graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with B.S. with Distinction in Chemical Engineering, conducting research in molecular self-assembly for organic semiconductors and with coursework in social dance, improv theater, entrepreneurship and dramatic theory. He's been involved in theater since the age of 5 and was the chair of the Asian American Theater Project, which functioned as a vehicle to express and present (duh) Asian American issues. For several summers, he has worked in a health policy environment, with brief employment with the University of Toronto, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, where he learned about effective governance and performance measurement. His future goals? Uncertain, though he'd like to finish a family history/memoir, and in doing so, cathartically re-examine where he comes from.

Why e-books are good for your health Nostalgic for the good old days of curling up to reading Proust by the fireplace, the “sky-is-falling” opposition to the meteoric rise of e-books is in retreat. As we saw with the quaint devotees of the typewriter, the print newspaper and the landline telephone, there is, it seems, a grudging acceptance among the Chicken Little crowd that the days of physical bookstores are numbered. There are innumerable arguments on all sides of the e-book issue, and I will not debate their full merits here; like all new technologies, some publishers and authors have embraced e-books, others have decried them. In this essay I want to make one observation only: the rise of e-books is good for personal health.